A Memory Assessment Service (MAS) supporting people across the Fylde Coast is now running sessions and clinics online.
The Fylde Coast MAS, delivered by Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust, has set up virtual clinics to ensure people who need support during the Coronavirus outbreak continue to receive it.
The service usually provides assessments, treatment and support for patients at home and in care home settings. Approximately 50 people from the Fylde Coast area are referred for memory assessment each week.
Speed of assessment is an important factor, as early diagnosis of conditions increases treatment options and effectiveness. This new way of working will help prevent delays in support for both patients and their relatives.
In addition to diagnosis services, virtual clinics have also been held to provide information about ongoing support options and enable Memory Management sessions to take place which slow memory decline.
Dr Parikh, Staff Grade Psychiatrist for Memory Assessment at Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“It’s great that we’re exploring these new ways of working and initial feedback has been very positive.
“Not only do these virtual clinics enable us to resume continuity of service for those who need it, when and where they need it – they are also enabling us to take good practice forward to deliver wider positive outcomes in the future.”
Reopening of the Fylde Coast MAS is part of the Trust’s commitment to deliver the care and treatment people need throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
Click here to view a video from Dr Parikh.